Frobby Posted November 5, 2014 Share Posted November 5, 2014 In trying to analyze whether Chris Davis merely had a poor season from which he can hopefully bounce back, one of the big issues is whether he's capable of hitting well without taking Adderall, assuming he can't requalify for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE). This morning I was reading the thread on Hardy's Gold Glove, and one of the posters was complimenting Davis' ability to scoop throws out of the dirt to save errors for our infield. That's when it dawned on me: If the principal effect of Adderall is to improve focus and concentration, it really should help defense more than offense. And Davis showed no drop-off in his defense at all last year. I've played a lot of baseball, and coached a lot of baseball, and so have many of you. Think about it: when is it harder to maintain your concentration and focus -- when you are at bat, or when you are in the field? In my experience, it's not even close. It's much, much harder to stay focused on defense, with all the time standing around and the probability that the ball is not likely to come your way on any given pitch. And following a batted ball, especially a grounder, and following a bouncing throw, require a ton of concentration. Therefore, if Davis' dropoff in offensive performance last year were principally due to having stopped taking Adderall, I'd expect to see an even bigger dropoff in his defense. But there was no sign whatsoever that Davis' defense dropped off last year.. By any defensive measure, he was as good as ever, maybe a little better. For that reason, I'm no longer very concerned that Chris' offensive drop last year was principally related to not taking Adderall, and therefore "permanent" if he can't use the drug this year. I think his offensive problems came from other sources and hopefully he can figure those out and rebound in 2015. Of course, if Davis was violating the PED policy all through 2013 and 2014, and now has to stop after failing two tests, then brace yourself for a big defensive dropoff in 2015. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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